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Archive: July, 2009

An obnoxious lesson

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 11:21 AM
Please cut me a break! Who do these clowns think they are? Executives think the recession is a good lesson for their kids, according to a survey released today by, an online recruiting service catering to top executives and those earning more than $100,000. The recession shows them that... Read more

Advice from a college pro

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 4:05 AM
College career centers are getting an uptick in business -- from laid off alumni looking for work. It's no wonder, because a lot of these college career professionals have a lot of expertise in advising prospective workers. I'm going to cut and paste an email I received from recently retired college... Read more

Wary about the economy

Monday, July 13, 2009, 12:15 PM
Whatever the economists are saying, workers still remain wary about the job market, according to a survey by, an online workplace community with its non-virtual headquarters in California. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, indicates that nearly half of all employees expect... Read more

A word on resumes

Friday, July 10, 2009, 4:35 AM
Words count when it comes to resumes, say Jim Bright and Joanne Earl, authors of Amazing Resumes, a book recently released by Jist Publishing. Your resume, if it is read at all, only has brief opportunity to make an impression. Try these words. These are some of the good verbs: Achieved Analyzed Built Compiled Contributed Controlled Designed Directed Discovered Eliminated Established Finalized Founded Initiated Investigated Managed Modified Organized Overcame Persuaded Presented Reorganized Selected Supervised Trained Transformed Won Here... Read more

95 percent innocent: Ethics on the edge

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 4:40 AM
Don't you wonder sometimes how these people who cheat their employers think? Isn't it obvious when something is unethical? Well, maybe it's not that simple. Read this story about how a company's top human resource executive and his wife, owner of a staffing business, defrauded his employer. This couple's... Read more

Jolt in May, 2.5 million job openings

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 3:10 AM
Here's the latest disturbing statistic about unemployment, courtesy of yesterday's report from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Economic Policy Institute. In May, there were 5.7 unemployed workers for every one of the 2,554,000 jobs openings in the economy. Wow. (Click here to read the EPI's analysis... Read more

Blue-collar job hunting

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 3:25 AM
We've been doing a lot of talk about networking and super-charged job hunting techniques. But how do you find a job if you are a blue collar person -- not in the upper ranks? That's the question that reader Jean Haskell asked in an email. She makes her point in the context of the work of Ford Myers... Read more

A perfect match, by the letter

Monday, July 6, 2009, 4:00 AM
There's one more tip I liked from my Philadelphia Inquirer interview last week with Ford Myers, a local career coach who wrote a book titled Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring. I'll copy and paste it from my interview notes. This is material that didn't get into the paper for space reasons... Read more

Networking on over-drive

Friday, July 3, 2009, 4:35 AM
Well, the U.S. Labor Department dispatched its usual grim report yesterday about the economy shedding 467,000 jobs and the unemployment rate creeping up to 9.5 percent in June. That's why it's key for those of you who are unemployed to be strategic about your job search. On Monday, I interviewed local... Read more

Do you need a career coach?

Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:55 AM
With the unemployment rate at 9.5 percent and the nation's payrolls shedding 467,000 jobs, according to today's report by the U.S. Labor Department, it's no wonder that panicked job seekers may decide to turn to a career coach. Whether that's a good idea depends on the coach, your wallet and whether... Read more
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Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

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